By Shamzeer Jaleel
Defending Clifford Cup champions Kandy Sports Club sent out a strong warning to the other teams in the competition when they outclassed CH & FC by 121 points (19 tries, 13 conversion) to 3 (1 penalty) at the Nittawela Rugby Stadium on Friday.
At the short breather Kandy led 57-00.
It was one way traffic from the kick off, with Kandy being too fast and superior with their professional approach towards the game. CH, who were placed last in the league, were full of freshers in their team and found it difficult to contain the Up Country unit. Kandy dominated proceedings combining well with their forwards and three-quarter line to display running rugby to plant 19 unanswered tries in the game. Both their wingers Vishwamithra Jayasinghe and Richard Dharmapala stood out with lightning pace moves touching down four tries each. In forwards play once again it was Yakoob Ali and Buwanka Udangamuwa both being omnipresent.
Kandy drew first blood in the third minute of the game when their Fullback Thilina Wijesinghe broke free to touch down and add the extra points. From this moment onwards tries were free flowing. Vishwamithra Jayasinghe (2), Dhanushka Ranjan (2), Richard Dharmapala (2), Yakoob Ali and Chathuranga scored tries. Thlina converted six of those tries.
In the second half Kandy continued their good work and scored tries through Vishwamithra (2), Roshan Weeraratne, Buwanka Udangamuwa, Dharmapala (2), Lavanga Perera, Sooriyabandara and Jamaldeen.
Conversions were taken by Thlina Wijesinghe and Yakoob Ali. For CH & FC their only penalty was put over by Shamry Burah. CH & FC player Anurudha Ekanayake received a red card for stamping on an opponent.
The match was refereed by Aruna Rankothge.